Explosion fears see airlines ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7

About one in 42,000 units are at risk of having a faulty battery.



Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger Airways have stopped passengers from using or charging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights due concerns over battery explosions.

Monday saw Samsung Australia recall 51,060 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The South Korean company have since revealed 35 instances of Note 7s catching fire or exploding.

“Following Samsung’s product recall announcement, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices may not be used or charged on board Virgin Australia flights,” said a Virgin spokesperson.

Samsung has sold abut 2.5 million Note 7s acros the globe, with around one in 42,000 units at risk of having a faulty battery.